The office is located at the Pearce Institute in Govan, an old converted church situated close to the Glasgow bus network and just a minute’s walk from the Govan subway station.
Drop-in times are 11.30-2.30pm on a Monday, and 12-3pm on a Wednesday and Friday. For those interested, when you first come into the office your name will be put on a list and you’ll be given an assigned time.
During each visitor’s designated appointment, knowledgeable staff are on hand to offer advice and take practical steps towards resolving issues. Along with contacts and resources for applying for asylum support, GCIN can offer guidance for those who find themselves struggling or destitute, as well as finding legal advice.
In particular, staff assist with applications for the Government’s Asylum Support’s Section 4 services, which can provide payment cards to cover essential food and toiletries, as well as accommodation. They also work with the Refugee Survival Trust, who distribute grants to refugee families, and with the Scottish Refugee Council.
Food vouchers are available during some drop-in events and a typical drop-in day features around 7 or 8 different appointments, but each visitor is always given the sufficient time they need to get the most out of their trip.
The fresh food distribution every Wednesday is another important event at the Govan office, and has been running for a few years now. The weekly delivery is organised by The Unity World Cafe & Foodbank, and the food is diligently distributed into bags by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Those interested in the fresh food distribution should sign up at the office before 12.30pm on a Wednesday, before returning to the office to pick up the food at 2pm. Each individual bag comes with a generous mix of breads, fruit and vegetables, provided by large stores Wholefoods and Costco.
Govan & Craigton Integration Network’s office is a crucial space to provide planned drop-in sessions and, along with the Community Flat, is the beating heart of the organisation. Those interested in any of the great services above should come along to the next scheduled time for invaluable support.